Crowds enjoyed the Southport Calling Eurovision party in Southport town centre organised by Southport BID. Volunteers from Compassion Acts

Compassion Acts, working closely with local churches and Hesketh Banks & Tarleton Helpers, is pleased to be expanding its Food Pantry provision with a new Pantry opening in Tarleton this autumn.

The charity’s Food Pantries support people in the local community. They offer a personal shopping experience where someone can identify their own preferences and choices of food. Store cupboard products of up to £20 in value are chosen in return for the weekly £5 membership fee along with access to fresh and frozen produce.

In addition, Compassion Acts, which operates services including Southport Foodbank, offers services to support the personal growth, financial wellbeing and overall mental wellbeing of those attending. 

These include the chance to socialise and chat whilst waiting to shop, access to Welfare and Benefits Advice and a developing programme of social activities.

Its West Lancs Villages Pantry (Banks) has been open since December 2020 and has, to date, supported 1,481 subsidised shops. It currently has 40 members attending on a regular basis. Compassion Acts also has four other Pantries: one in Formby and three in Southport.

In order to develop this new provision, the charity is looking for volunteers and there are a number of different volunteering roles including:

  •         Supporting at a pantry session: making and serving hot drinks, chatting with those attending, helping in the shopping area or overseeing the register and payments.
  •         Collecting food donations from local stores.
  •         Restocking the shopping area in advance of the next session.
  •         Promoting and sharing about the service.

Shadowing existing pantry teams and training would be required.

If you would be interested in any of these roles, or discussing how you could support the Tarleton Food Pantry, please contact Compassion Acts ( / 01704 264505) and a member of the team would be happy to chat it through with you.

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